Our dance program was created by camp director, dancer, and choreographer Kristin Alexander, a professor of dance at the College of Charleston, and artistic director of the Annex Dance Company.
Experienced dancers seeking an immersive dance experience will be most interested in our Dance Intensive, a 2-week program offered several times each summer. This program fills campers’ days with a structured curriculum while allowing some time for them to explore other camp activities. It is an incredibly productive two weeks for the serious young dancer.
We put on amazing concerts several times each summer, showcasing the work from all of our classes and programs, and the Intensives. Campers also perform in weekly camper cabarets and daily “5:00 specials.”
THE DANCE INTENSIVE
The Dance Intensive combines daily technique, composition, and improvisation classes with explorations of non-dance movement styles and dance-on-camera projects. Campers can customize their technique classes to study at any level in the program -- an advanced tapper may want to take a beginning ballet class, and we can accommodate them -- however the composition and improvisation classes are taken as a group, and campers learn to collaborate across styles and backgrounds.
A professional dance company in residence works with campers daily, with members of the company teaching some of their classes, and over the course of the two weeks incorporating them into a piece in the company’s repertoire.
DANCE ON CAMERA
Our unique dance-on-camera program is one of the only opportunities anywhere for children to participate in dance projects created specifically to be shot and edited into dance films. Campers and staff collaborate on these projects which result in beautiful, fascinating films that escape the stage and allow dance to be created in all sorts of settings and environments, seen from a multiplicity of view-points through the camera eye, and given new temporal possibilities through the magic of editing.
ADDITIONAL MOVEMENT CLASSES
Non-dance movement classes are an important minor component of the Dance Intensive. We invite instructors in movement styles that, while not typically thought of as dance, expand the young dancer’s notion and experience of movement, and, alongside traditionally “dancerly” movements, become part of his or her physical vocabulary. Capoeira, Tai Chi, Qigong, and Aikido are just a few of the movement styles that we’ve explored with campers, and we try to offer new styles each summer, and each session.
Campers frequently come to camp for our 3 or 4-week sessions, and opt to participate in the Dance Intensive curriculum as part of their longer stay. This is a decision that campers can make before or after they arrive at camp. It is a popular choice because the 2-week Dance Intensive program is so busy that campers have little time to try other areas of camp. Coming for a longer session gives them time before or after the dance intensive to really engage with some other programs.